What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families.
(For Christmas events, visit the Newy with Kids Christmas Events guide)
XRACE: The Family Race
Sunday 3 November | Stockton Foreshore | 2pm – 4pm | $96 for team | Details
Why you should go: XRACE is a mystery adventure race where parent and child aged 6 – 14 race together, locate and complete 10 mystery challenges; racing the clock and all the other family teams. The challenges range from physical (like tug-of-war) to mental (like the memory challenge) to knowledge based (like the music challenge).
BUBOL Race 2019
Sunday 3 November | Teralba Amateur Sailing Club | 10am – 2pm | Free to attend, $10 to participate | Details
Why you should go: The annual blow-up boat race raises money for happiness bags for kids with cancer and other blood disorders at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. The event is open to the public and free to attend unless you want to compete, which costs $10 per participant (over 5yrs of age, under 12 must wear an approved life jacket supplied yourself). The rules are simple –race on your own or in a team on any form of inflatable device that costs less than $70. You must bring your own float. The race starts at 11.15am but entertainment, sausage sizzle and jumping castles will be available from 10am to around 2pm. A free courtesy bus will operate.
Wallsend Village Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesday 5, 12, 19 & 26 November | Wallsend Village| 9:30am to 12:30pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Get out of the house and enjoy a coffee and a play with your toddler. Wallsend Village is offering free toddler activities and workshops every Tuesday in November at Centre Court! They’re even shouting coffee. Parents and guardians can enjoy a free coffee. Simply ask Wallsend Village event staff. Each week offers a different activity for your child to enjoy. The activities are for kids aged 1 – 4 years.
40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend for Oakvale Wildlife Park
Saturday 2 November & Sunday 3 November | Oakvale Wildlife Park, Salt Ash | Free child entry for every full paying adult | Details
Why you should go: Oakvale Wildlife Park is turning 40 on Friday 1st November and to celebrate they’re planning a weekend of family fun including free child entry for every full paying adult.*, free pony rides, giveaways throughout the weekend plus much much more.
Classic Kavon Family Show
Friday 8 November | The Kavon, Hamilton |6pm – 8:30pm | $30 Adults, $20 Kids, Family Ticket $80 for 2A+2C or 1A+3C | Details
Why you should go: Due to popular demand, The Kavon is presenting a family-friendly Kavon show. Their Best of Horror Comedy show features cast and audience favourites from past shows. Ticket includes chicken schnitzel meal with nuggets and chips available for kids.
Five Senses Twilight Markets
Sunday 10 November | Lambton Park, Lambton | 4pm – 8pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Chill out with your friends and family and catch up by Lambton Park rotunda. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer & fine wine, divine coffee, awesome music and a fabulous line up of market stalls under the stars.
Kids Session of Newcastle International Animation Festival
Saturday 16 November | Harold Lobb Theatre at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music | 10am to 12pm | $5 for kids, $10 for adults or $25 for 2 adults & 2 children | Details
Why you should go: The Kids session features animated shorts from around the globe! There are lots of laughs and plenty of cute moments in this session for kids of all ages. Kick off the session with some face painting, enjoy live entertainment by Newcastle of Conservatorium’s Junior Vocal Ensemble the “Supertonics”, and load up with popcorn, choc tops and fairy floss!
Museum Park Family Picnic
Saturday 9 November | Newcastle Museum |10am to 2pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Get down to Newcastle Museum for a family picnic to celebrate the new Museum Park on Saturday 9 November from 10am to 2pm. There will be animals from Hunter Valley Zoo, juggling acts by Ship O Fools, live music by Doc & the Delegates, giant games and face painting.
Cinema Under the Stars – Maitland
Friday 15 November | Maitland Park | 5:30pm start | Free | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy a free family-friendly evening under the stars thanks to Newcastle Permanent! Pack a picnic, gather your friends and enjoy an incredible open-air screening of the real-life remake of Beauty and the Beast! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of exciting entertainment including; local musicians, touring talent, circus workshops and kids activities before the movie screens at sundown.
Re-opening of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Saturday 23 November & Sunday 24 November | Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery| Free | Details
Why you should go: Join the Lake Macquarie community to celebrate the reopening of the new -look Art Gallery with a weekend of free events. The Gallery and sculpture park will become a hive of activity with creative fun for all ages. From markets to workshops, guided exhibition tours to live music, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Friday 22 November – Sunday 24 November | Newcastle East End | Free | Details
Why you should go: If your family loves Supercars, take them to Coates Hire Newcastle Supercars 500. Enjoy all the the noise, action and excitement of Supercars with your kids. Kids will enjoy the Supercars SuperKids Zone. The Zone is a fully fenced and secure area designed exclusively for parents and little people to relax, play, and test their racing abilities.
“The Thing About Oliver” Book Launch
Saturday 23 November | Belmont Library | 10am – 11am | Free | Details
Why you should go: Join Deborah Kelly to celebrate the launch of her latest book The Thing About Oliver. Test your Great Barrier reef knowledge at trivia, discover underwater worlds and sea creatures through VR or snap a selfie at the photo booth. Enjoy a sea-themed cupcakes for morning tea. Suitable for ages 9-13yrs. Books will be for sale and signing on the day.
Photo: Newcastle Permanent Cinema Under the Stars
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